Meet with Your Legislators This Summer

Posted on August 3, 2016 · Posted in CSEA Society News, Industry News, Latest Updates

8/3/16 – Our state legislators will be on recess beginning September 1, which means they will be in their district offices. This is the perfect time to meet your legislators, and craft a relationship that will benefit the Enrolled Agent profession, enhance your professional clout, and provide an opportunity to make business connections. Legislators serve their constituents – you and the taxpayers you serve are constituents. Make your voices heard. Advocate!

If you are uncomfortable meeting with your legislator or don’t know where to start, your CSEA Legislative Affairs Committee has your back. There are materials available to help you connect with your legislators and make district visits simple. Your Legislative Affairs Committee contacts are Chair Vicki Mulak, EA, CFP® and Vice Chair Jenny Wettemann, EA. In addition, there is a wealth of information on the Advocacy section of the CSEA website. Still not sure? Ask someone in your Chapter who has already made a visit to accompany you. I’d offer to go with you, but I’m off to meet with my legislator!

Each year CSEA holds Jim Stern Legislative Day, when EAs from all Chapters gather at the State Capitol in Sacramento and carry our message to the legislators. While this day is incredibly important and effective, not everyone can travel to Sacramento to participate. Plus, we need to keep the message about EAs and the issues we face in front of legislators all year round, not just once a year. This is why district legislative visits are so important.

Most organizations, regardless of profession, provide a place for members to gather, share, and exchange ideas, and most provide avenues to fulfill continuing education requirements. CSEA goes above and beyond by providing direct connection with your state tax agencies and state legislators, as well as mechanisms to provide input and directly affect legislation that in turn affects our profession.  This unique benefit is less publicized, but is probably at the top of the list of the most important benefits CSEA offers.

This article was submitted by Joyce Cheng, EA on behalf of the Legislative Affairs Committee.